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EPC Rule Changes

April Fool’s Day saw the introduction of MEES. Where a property cannot be let or a lease cannot be renewed if the property has an EPC rating of F or G. The onus of this falls solely on the Landlord, who will have to bear the costs of the works. There are exemptions available, these […]

Valid Landlord Redevelopment

In light of the change in MEES and the 1st April 2018 date quickly looming, perhaps rather than renew a lease, it gives the chance for the Landlord to redevelop the property. However, the recent case of S Frances Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd shows how it is the Landlord’s intention, not motive […]

Dilapidations on Residential Conversions

Should a Landlord choose to redevelop their property under Permitted Development Rights (PDR), are they still above to recover any dilapidations at the end of the lease? PDR was introduced in May 2013 to allow more secondary and tertiary properties within use class B1(a) (offices) to be converted to C3 (dwelling house). Outgoing tenants are […]

Rent Reviews

Whether a rent review clause makes ‘time of the essence’ is an important factor for both Landlords and Tenants to consider. Missing a time limit could see either party potentially facing disastrous consequences. It is well established that time is not usually of the essence in relation to Rent Review clauses and it is not […]

Lease Renewals

The expiry of a lease is an important issue for both Landlords and Tenants. Unlike Rent Reviews, everything is up for grabs – lease term, rent and dilapidations. The downside is if a lease cannot be agreed is having a vacant property. This is why appointing a Chartered Surveyor at least 12 months prior to […]

Dilapidations – Tenant’s Cost or Landlord’s Profit

Always viewed by tenants as the landlord profiteering, while landlords believe tenants leave the property in disrepair and a worse condition than at commencement of the lease.